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Tuesday March 1, 2011 Life in Shatila – the Very Rock Bottom of Society For two weeks I stayed in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut. The camp consists of simple, concrete houses that lack both insulation and heating. Cold in winter, scorching in summer.
The indoor temperature this time of year hovers between 10 and 15 degrees Centigrade.
Shatila was built for 3,000 people. Today, 18,000 live here.
It is extremely crowded. And dirty. The city of Beirut refuses to deliver water. Shatila is therefore reduced to using its own wells, all of them containing salt water, barely good enough for washing vegetables.
The drainage system is hopelessly under-dimensioned. Toilet paper cannot be flushed, as this will cause blockage. When it rains, there is immediate flooding. Every day, there is a 12 hour, regulated power failure, as well as many unplanned failures and accidents, as very few can afford an electrician and therefore do the electrical wiring themselves.
A Lebanese employer seeking to hire a Palestinian must be able to prove to the authorities that there isn’t a Lebanese who can carry out the job just as well. Therefore, the Palestinians are given the absolute worst jobs.
The Lebanese government generally apply the same principle as the Israeli government: The Palestinians must not starve, because then they will revolt, and that is dangerous. But they must be kept on the brink of starvation, and thus understand their roles on the very rock bottom of society.

Wednesday 2 February 2011 To Write About Happiness
in Miserable Situations
I would like to write a book about happiness in the middle of misery.
In my life, I have seen war, famine, oppression, and many other horrendous situations.
Many others before me have described these situations, so I don’t need to. However, I would like to write about the other side. I want to write about the love, solidarity, friendship and joy that I have seen human beings mobilize - in the middle of the worst imaginable situations.
I have now started a feasibility study for the book. During most of part of January I was in the West Bank, the Palestinian territory that Israel occupies.
On 10 February, I am travelling to Beirut, where I will live in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila for about month, at a guess.
Then we'll see.


Changing the World The story of Lars Magnus Ericsson and his successors, on the web.

Wednesday November 3, 2010 The Ideologies are Not Dead
– Ego-Capitalism Reigns
It is alleged that political ideologies are dead, which is not true. They have just evolved and changed their appearance – which, historically, they always have done.
The leading ideologies that my generation learned about in school – liberalism, socialism and conservatism – have been replaced by new systems of ideas and values.
In our part of the world - characterized by material abundance and spiritual poverty – ego-capitalism reigns.
Ego-capitalism’s linchpin is that one’s own happiness always takes precedence over others’, and that the safest way to happiness is money, and what money can buy.
The most important political task today is to find sustainable alternatives to ego-capitalism.

Tuesday November 2, 2010 We Should Do... ... what we should be doing, not what we’re usually doing.
At least I should.

Tuesday October 19, 2010 Women Pop Pills, Men Hit the Bottle I read in today’s papers that women take more medication against depression than men do. This “news item” is published a few times per year and leads to the conclusion that women are more prone to using chemicals to be able to handle the difficulties of life.
That conclusion is wrong.
The most common antidepressant is called alcohol and this is where we men lead the consumption league by far.
Put simply, one could describe the use of chemical biocides as women being more prone to popping pills while men are more prone to drinking alcohol.
Long-term, neither of these strategies will lead to good health.

Monday October 4, 2010 Frequently Off Sick?
Take Responsibility at Work!
Infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and other nuisances in the environment are nothing we can do much about. The best defence is good hygiene and a good immune system.
Well-known factors for a good immune system are the right amount of exercise and good food in moderation. Less well known is the fact that our immune systems are also affected by how happy or unhappy we are with our lives.
Constant minor colds are sometimes explained by our unhappiness at work. To like your job you have to feel involved. This requires us to take personal responsibility and permission to do so.
If we are not allowed to take responsibility at work, a priority should be to look for a new job.
It is ultimately a question of health.

Saturday 14 August, 2010 Stop Picking on the Boss Picking on the boss has become a favourite past-time in European work places. All problems can more or less be explained by poor leadership.
And yes, of course. There is poor leadership. In fact, it is almost as common as poor employeeship.
However, establishing this fact does not move the issue forward.
Put instead energy into finding the right support to the hundred of thousands of new leaders who will take over during the next few years - when European work places will see their biggest generation shift ever.
The new leaders are extremely well educated, motivated and socially competent.
Their big challenge is that universities and colleges have provided them with good specialised training but almost entirely forgotten to teach them leadership.


Friday 6 August, 2010 Views on Refugees?
Great, talk to God!
When a flock of animals runs out of food in its territory, it moves. The same thing happens when facing any other threats it can’t overcome other than by fleeing.
This is the way it’s been since the creation of animals. It is a genetically programmed instinct which is fundamentally about protecting offspring.
Man is an animal and acts in the same way. As long as man has existed, she has travelled across the globe - in search of better conditions, in flight from danger.
If anyone has any views on this, he or she will have to take it up with the creator of man. God or whoever that may be.


Tuesday 3 August, 2010 This is Not How to Promote Peace During several decades, Sweden played a positive role in the world by being involved in conflict mediating and other peace supporting actions.
This was possible because we were perceived as neutral by the parties at war or those in other conflicts.
Today, Sweden allows the U.S. Air Force to practice bomb dropping in northern Sweden, and we participate in the Afghanistan war under American leadership.
These policies do not promote world peace.

Monday 2 August, 2010 The Art of Always Having Time Off I hear scattered whining from those around me that their time off has come to an end.
How unnecessary. Personally I’m, since just over a year ago, nearly always off.
The first step for me was to define the term 'off'. It came to: "free to do what I enjoy, or at least not what I don’t enjoy."
The second step was that I began to systematically eliminate what I could of what I don’t like doing. The most notable change was that I started to turn down certain work, plus I bought a dishwasher...
The third and final step was that I organized the boring stuff which I could not avoid doing. Nowadays almost everything can be done one day: the first Saturday of every month (because that’s when it is possible to do the most boring thing of all, namely the self-employed person’s tax return).
As a reward for putting up with not being off for almost an entire day, I end the day by inviting myself and someone else to a good dinner. By doing so, even this day becomes rather pleasant eventually.


Tuesday June 15, 2010 Empires Come, Empires Go One of the weakest most anonymous countries in Europe today is Macedonia. It was once the centre of Alexander the Great’s empire.
One of the weakest and most anonymous states in Asia today is Mongolia. It was once the centre of Genghis Kahn’s empire, the greatest empire mankind has ever beheld.
Rome was once a powerful state; today it is a city known for its ruins.
In the third century India was a great power, the US didn’t exist.
Now India is once again turning into a superpower, with weapons of mass destruction, consumerism and the usual destructive package that comes with it. China is already there.
Empires come, empires go.

Sunday June 13, 2010 Recruit for Diversity During the periods of my working life when I have been a manager, I have recruited quite a few new colleagues.
With hindsight I can detect a pattern for when the recruitment was successful and when it was perhaps not so successful.
1) Most important is what a person wants to achieve, not the formal training they have had to endure.
2) Recruit for diversity. The company already houses one Anders Lugn; that is more than enough.
3) Parents of young children, and parents to be, are the most responsible people you will ever come across.
4) Genuine professional skill is a basic requirement; social competence is what makes the difference.
5) To be able to laugh is more important than to master Excel. The person who can both laugh and handle Excel becomes the Finance Director.


Friday June 11, 2010 Be Happy You Fail from Time to Time You should be happy that, from time to time throughout your life, you fail in doing things. To fail is an important part of succeeding.
Thomas Alva Edison failed thousands of times before he succeeded in constructing the first light bulb. Henry Ford failed more times than anyone can care to remember before he worked out how to mass-produce a car. Siddhartha Gautama failed in both action and thoughts before he could formulate the principles for the philosophy (or religion for that matter) that today is called Buddhism.
The three most important advantages of failing:
1. By occasionally failing you will realise that you can handle difficulties. This means you stop being scared – which will lead to frequent success.
2. To fail from time to time shows that you dare test limits. This is good for your self confidence and for the image those around you have of you.
3. To fail is sometimes – if handled correctly! – the most efficient way of learning. The more often you fail, the cleverer you become! Failing becomes succeeding!

Thursday June 10, 2010 Dark Forces Demand Scapegoats The Islam phobic Freedom Party – which, among other policies, wants to ban the Koran – was the big victor in the Dutch general election.
The darkest forces of Europe have always needed scapegoats to mobilise the masses for politics built on fear, hatred and irreconcilability.
Simple explanations are needed to communicate simple solutions to difficult problems like crime and high unemployment.
Last century Judaism, this one Islam.


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Specialitet: Ledarutveckling,
medieträning och kommunikation
Anders Lugns specialitet är ledarutveckling, medieträning och kommunikation. Han gör punktinsatser och driver långsiktiga förändringsprojekt. Han håller enstaka inspirationsföreläsningar och går in på chef-att-hyra-basis. Han fungerar som mentor och som bollplank.
Här några axplock ur hans cv:

Ledde uppbyggnaden av Sveriges ledande kommunikationsbyrå, Journalistgruppen.

Inhyrd som ledare av bland andra Ericsson, Telia och
Cell Network.

Har skrivit fyra böcker - om ledarskap, kommunikation
och sambandet hälsa-effektivitet-lönsamhet.

Pressofficer inom den internationella FN-styrkan i Libanon.

Lärare och studierektor vid Journalisthögskolan i Stockholm.

Journalistisk erfarenhet från bland annat Dagens Nyheter, Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå och Sveriges Television.

Stor internationell erfarenhet genom uppdrag i Asien, Afrika, Nordamerika och Mellanöstern.